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Goodreads Believes in Book Fairies – and You Can, Too

Posted by Cynthia on August 28, 2017
Goodreads was founded ten years ago with the mission of helping people find and share books they love. Through Goodreads, readers have added 1.9 billion books to their shelves, written 67 million reviews, and connected with more than 200,000 authors over a shared love of reading.

On Monday, September 18, you can help even more readers find amazing books by participating in our Hide a Book Day. As part of our Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration, Goodreads is teaming up with our fellow book lovers at The Book Fairies to hide books around their neighborhoods for people to find, read, and leave for the next person.

We’re inviting authors to participate, too. You can leave out one of your own books or share a favorite book from another author. Hiding your own book? Make it extra special by signing it. Don’t forget to ask your street team or beta reviewers to get involved as well. Here’s everything you need to know to get involved:

  • First you need the two stickers for each book. Order them here to get your stickers before September 18. The Book Fairies work magic, but they are based in England and do need time to get them out to you, so don't delay (order them today)!
  • Hide the book in a semi-obvious spot for someone to find. We recommend a high-traffic area like train and bus stops, national monuments, and parks. But watch the weather forecast as you don’t want your book to get soggy.
  • Once you’ve hidden a book, take a picture and share it with your fellow Goodreads members and Book Fairies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #goodreadsturns10 #hideabookday, #ibelieveinbookfairies.

You never know if you’re placing a book for someone who finds it at exactly the right time, and how they end up changing the world because of it.

Which book will you hide for other readers to find on September 18? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by David (new)

David McElroy The "Order them here" link doesn't have a URL attached to it.

message 2: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon David wrote: "The "Order them here" link doesn't have a URL attached to it."

Thanks! Fixed.

message 3: by Carmen (new)

Carmen L. I'm going to hide my books "Eight Moments" and "When Honeysuckles Fall." I'm excited about this!

message 4: by Giavanna (last edited Sep 05, 2017 10:15AM) (new)

Giavanna Grein I'm in! Thanks for organizing. I'll be hiding copies of my picture book, When Nilly Met Nelly, the Hungry Hungry Ele.

message 5: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I will be hiding Life Is But A Dream

message 6: by Peter (new)

Peter Faur I will be hiding my book, Red Metal. Red Metal by Peter Faur

message 7: by Jessie (new)

Jessie I'm going to hide my book, Ready, Set...Now What? Discovering Your Identity, Gifts, and Purpose in the Real World. This is such a fun idea! I hope the stickers come in time!Ready, Set...Now What?: Discovering Your Identity, Gifts, and Purpose in the Real World

message 8: by Shinde (new)

Shinde Hide the book - and then take a picture to share?? Sounds counterproductive, doesn't it?

message 9: by Tamra (new)

Tamra Lassiter I'll be hiding "Something to Lose" and "Perfectly Innocent." Fun!

message 10: by M. (new)

M. Lorrox Durham, NC will be getting a bunch of:
Blood 4 Life (Infinite Vampire, #1) by M. Lorrox

message 11: by Heather (last edited Sep 05, 2017 10:55AM) (new)

Heather O'Brien I'll be hiding my book, "The Ties That Bind"
The Ties That Bind by Heather O'Brien

message 12: by Lauren (new)

Lauren This combines two of my favorite things! Books & scavenger hunts! I'll be hiding a copy of my latest book Brokenly Live On

message 13: by M.K. (new)

M.K. Since most of my books are about time travel, I will be hiding one book in the 15th century (post Gutenberg). I'll hide another as an e-book in the year 2215, where kindles are obsolete.

message 14: by Tara (last edited Sep 05, 2017 11:29AM) (new)

Tara Campbell I'll be hiding my eco sci-fi novel TreeVolution

message 15: by Kahlen (new)

Kahlen Aymes I'll be hiding my book, One Step Closer. This is an awesome idea! Thank you for doing it!

message 16: by Suzanna (new)

Suzanna Williams Fantastic idea

message 17: by Lenita (last edited Sep 05, 2017 11:58AM) (new)

Lenita Sheridan Guardian of the Gauntlet by Lenita Sheridan I'll be hiding my book Guardian of the Gauntlet.

message 18: by Ashen (new)

Ashen M.K. wrote: "Since most of my books are about time travel, I will be hiding one book in the 15th century (post Gutenberg). I'll hide another as an e-book in the year 2215, where kindles are obsolete."

I like the idea. I might do the same :)

message 19: by Katie (new)

Katie Ruth I'll be hiding a signed copy of Blood Omen 1: The Vampire Wars, a YA fiction book translated into Georgian as 'vampiruli omebi: pirveli nadiroba' in Tbilisi, Georgia. :)

message 20: by J.B. (new)

J.B. Richards Great idea - Sharing this on Facebook!

message 21: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Wojnarowski How fun! I'm going to hide copies of my book, "One More Step" One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving UpRachel Wojo :)

message 22: by Mary (new)

Mary Johnson I'm going to give this a try. Will be hiding my book - Becoming a Present Parent, Connecting with your Children in Five Minutes or Less. Interested to know how it goes.

message 23: by Glenda (new)

Glenda Burgess I will be hiding three of my titles, all signed, THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE, EXPOSURES, and LOOSE THREADS.

message 24: by Karen (new)

Karen Emilson Lovely idea! I will be hiding copies of my novel, "Be Still the Water," and the book, "Where Children Run" in and around Winnipeg that day. Thank you for initiating this event - it should be fun.

message 25: by Peter (new)

Peter Best What a great idea this is. In a way I feel somewhat honoured to be a very small part of this so I'm going to hid one or two copies of The Burden of Truth somewhere local. I have an idea where and hopefully it may do some good. Fingers crossed.

message 26: by Meredith (new)

Meredith First Just curious. Why do we have to pay you to give away a copy of a book?

message 27: by C.A. (new)

C.A. Pack This sounds like a great idea. I'll be giving away Chronicles: The Library of Illumination I hope I get my stickers in time.

message 28: by Elaina (new)

Elaina Avalos I will be hiding my book Chasing Hope: A Story About Finding Family Elaina Avalos

This is a great idea!

message 29: by L.S. (new)

L.S. Wagen I will be hiding my books if the stickers come in time. Pauline's Perils of Perplexity, and Super Man's Resume: A Beginner's Guide to Resume Writing, and Beyond 2017 Edition What fun!

message 30: by Janet (last edited Sep 05, 2017 03:23PM) (new)

Janet Chapman I will be hiding my book, Madcap Masquerade: A Novel, in the city in which it takes place!

message 31: by Toni (new)

Toni Mariani I'm hiding Cry for Me.
Toni Mariani Author

message 32: by Indigo (last edited Sep 05, 2017 04:29PM) (new)

Indigo Blue So much fun! I will be travelling but that makes it more fun, so I may be hiding my kid's book 'Peregrine Puffin' either at the airport in Perth or on the Waterfront in Darwin!
Peregrine Puffin by Indigo Blue

message 33: by Nicola (new)

Nicola Marsh Love the sound of this!
I'm going to 'hide' a copy of Rescuing Rose somewhere around Melbourne…
Rescuing Rose (Redemption #2) by Nicola Marsh

message 34: by Lorraine (new)

Lorraine Hillman This should be fun! I'll be hiding a copy of my book Lifetime of News. Perhaps along the golf cart path....

message 35: by A. (new)

A. Jr. Great idea! Fun. I ordered my stickers. I'm going to hide my recent novel Adirondack in places around me in Pasadena, CA. Cool!

message 36: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Crandall Delightful! I am going to hide Invincible and Sparkly, Dancing with Detective Danger and Secrets in Indianapolis, IN

message 37: by T.L. (new)

T.L. Merrybard Jessie wrote: "I'm going to hide my book, Ready, Set...Now What? Discovering Your Identity, Gifts, and Purpose in the Real World. This is such a fun idea! I hope the stickers come in time![book:Ready, Set...Now W..."

That sounds like a great book for someone to find at just the right time!

message 38: by T.L. (new)

T.L. Merrybard Hm, will have to think about which book or books to put out. I think I'll put them out around my local town of Mundaring, Western Australia.

message 39: by Pamie (new)

Pamie This is such a cool idea! I will be hiding my book, Fig Season

message 40: by Audrey (new)

Audrey I'm so glad I found this in time to order stickers so I can hide my books: What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls. And I'll be letting other authors know about this!

message 41: by Gary (new)

Gary Guinn I'm going to hide Sacrificial Lam and A Late Flooding Thaw. This is a great way to get books into readers' hands in a fun way.

message 42: by Rod (new)

Rod Raglin I like the serendipity of this, but it loses it's appeal once the social media, self-aggrandizement component is factored in. Mine will be out there, but I'll pass on the self-promotion.

message 43: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Calder I'll be hiding my two books - The Enigma Diaries: Hidden History & The Enigma Diaries: Forgotten Future. I hope someone nice finds them, enjoys them, and passes them on!

message 44: by Noe (new)

Noe Ordered our stickers today, we will be hiding our 3 novels:
Mr Darcy falls in love, The Sun Also Shines for me, and Captivated by Youth and Beauty: Mr. Bennet's story.

This sounds like a game Jane Austen would enjoy! Thanks so much for letting us know about it, we are happy to join in.

message 45: by Big Book Theory (new)

Big Book Theory I thought Goodreads was already teamed up with

message 46: by Martha (new)

Martha Boone I am so excited. My father always taught me to give anonymously! This hide a book campaign is wonderful.
I will be hiding multiple signed copies of The Big Free , all over Atlanta! I am ordering my stickers today!
This is so much FUN!

message 47: by P.G. (new)

P.G. Challis I've got my stickers on order :)

Benjamin Sorrow: One for Sorrow

message 48: by W.L. (new)

W.L. Brooks Ordered my stickers last night. This will be fun!

message 49: by Julia (new)

Julia Thum I'm going to hide Riverside Lane by Ginger Black (

message 50: by Michael (last edited Sep 06, 2017 07:49AM) (new)

Michael Poeltl I think I'll hide a few copies of Waning Metaphorically, a collection of my short stories. In Southern Ontario, Canada.

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